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A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief. ... On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prepared and trucks are fixed by hard-working Muslim immigrants. Factory owner Mao runs a tight ship; a ... Read more
An MTV mix of debauchery, drugs, rampant sex, true love and conquering the rock stages. Bunny Chow: A type of South African cuisine where the inside of a loaf of bread is scooped out and replaced with a curry of your choice… like the melting pot that is Johannesburg. The new South Africa, a ... Read more
"Further proof of the richness and diversity of recent Moroccan cinema." - Variety ... Marking filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni's return to fictional drama - his music doco Trances (1982) was restored and presented at Cannes Classics last year - Burned Hearts touches on the conflicts at the heart of ... Read more
The wild, natural beauty of the Congo and the people who call this river home are the subjects of Thierry Michel's exotic documentary. Journeying from the mouth to the source of the world's greatest river basin, Thierry Michel encounters the Congo's people and, through them, the depth of Africa's ... Read more
“Depicting an African hell on Earth where ant-like men burrow deep into the desert and risk their lives to mine gold.” - Variety Mocktar, a Nigerian peasant travels to Burkina Faso to leave behind his mysterious past and work at the local gold mines. What he finds is a place where human life ... Read more
“An unassumingly political work that unfolds with the simplicity of a parable and the gravity of a Bible story.” - New York Times Dry Season deals with the aftermath of Chad's 40-year civil war. When the government decrees an amnesty on all civil war crimes, 16 year-old orphan Atim, with the ... Read more
Where there is gold, there will be gold- diggers… ... The transportation of an entire industrial gold mine from one side of the world to a remote area of Guinea, West Africa, is an epic logistic and filmic event. It's also an enormous social and economic upheaval for a desperately poor ... Read more
Awarded the Prize of Hope at this year's Cannes Film Festival“It was primordial for me to work with ex-children soldiers, who seemed to be the only ones capable of giving a sincere testimony of this horror.” - filmmaker Jean-Stéphane SauvaireShot in Liberia, with the support of the current ... Read more
The tortured agitations of Tunisian youth are galvanised in this outspoken story about the making of a terrorist. Bahta is 25, young and restless. His one passion is breakdancing but the Tunisian police are always on his b-boys' backs. After hostilities erupt in Iraq, Bahta falls in with a group ... Read more
Mapantsula was the first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who spends his days grafting and stealing from unsuspecting Whites and brawling with rivals in Black bars, with a little police ... Read more
A lot can happen in the Ethiopian countryside on the long way to the market. A father and his son follow everybody's good advice…and come back to their senses. Adapted from a traditional Ethiopian Folk Tale, ""Menged"" is very much a parable for Ethiopia today: a country in transition ... Read more
Winner of Best Screenplay at San Sebastian Film Festival, the debut feature from female director Fanta Régina Nacro is a tale about the deep scars left by civil war. After a decade of bloody ethnic conflict in a nameless African country, the governing Nayak and rebel Bonandé tribes have come to ... Read more
The 2008 Jeonju Digital Project continues to showcase innovative work of established filmmakers working in the digital format. This year the project brings us three shorts from the dark continent.Expectations, by Chad's Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Dry Season, MIFF'07), sees a man return to his village ... Read more
“The place where my fathers died, return to the land of Gorée, the place where my mothers cried, return to the land of Gorée.” - Harmony Harmoneers African singer Youssou N'Dour takes an epic musical journey in Return to Gorée, following the footsteps of the African slaves and the jazz ... Read more
A film about the African/European immigration issue as viewed from the other side of the equation - by the women left behind when their husbands leave to seek employment in Europe. Shortly following their wedding, Zeinab's husband leaves the tiny, rural community where they live, travelling to ... Read more
“I was embarking on a journey that would kill the certainties of my childhood.” ... Adapted from Mia Couto's novel of the same name, Sleepwalking Land is ultimately a magical fantasy based on events surrounding Mozambique's 15-year civil war. A young boy, Muidinga, and an old storyteller ... Read more
Meet Moncef Kahloucha, Tunisia's very own Quentin Tarantino. Tunisia is not a country renowned for its film industry. Apparently, no one told this to Moncef Kahloucha. A charismatic, impassioned house painter, he always harboured a great love for cinema, especially 70s genre films. Armed with his ... Read more
The major African film of the decade. Set in a Mauritanian coastal town that functions as a transit point, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness is a poignant and poetic reflection on themes of exile, travel, home and displacement. Nouadhibou is a windblown village of mainly ... Read more
Filmed over three years, this remarkable story sees a group of children use soaring music to overcome hardship and loss. Life has not been easy for 12 year-old Slindile and her friends at the Agape Orphanage in South Africa. Most of the children have lost their parents to AIDS. As they continue ... Read more
The Nigerian film industry - aka Nollywood - is booming. By shooting all films on digital video, the industry has compressed production schedules into a matter of days. Taking films directly to Lagos' Idumota electronics market and selling them as home videos has simplified the ‘distribution' ... Read more
One man's efforts to repair his broken family with yellow paint and electricity. ... In the harsh landscape of Algeria, a poor Berber farming family is stunned by news of their son's death, who was killed while serving in the military. With only a motorbike and a trailer his father Mouloud travels ... Read more
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